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I made a capelet for my daughter’s halloween costume… better late than never, hey?! Poison Ivy was a fictional character, enemy of Batman, created by DC Comics. She made her debut appearance in 1966. It was a very quick and easy project, self-drafted using the formula for a circle skirt with the addition of a [...]

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I made this blouse using a 1950s vintage pattern, that came free with a copy of Woman’s Day magazine, one of a fabulous collection of 40s/50s patterns I won on Ebay. The designer was Norman Hartnell, Dress designer to the Queen and many other famous and stylish ladies. It is fundamentally a very simple pattern [...]

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Self-drafted hat, using cotton velvet from stash, fully lined with poly lining and decorated with a ‘yoyo’  of self fabric with a central statement button. The ‘Lucky’ button was found in a biscuit tin by my daughter, at a vintage fair we attended last year. I’m so glad it found a special home! And I’m [...]

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I have been hugely inspired by all the pant-making activity in blogworld recently and decided to hop on board that bandwagon. The pattern is care of Burda Style magazine, issue 01/12 from their Lovely Lingerie section. And the fabric I used is 100% stretch silk. The pattern pieces are dead easy to work with but [...]

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This is the second time I have made this shirt for Mr Ooobop!, using Butterick 5007. The last one was quite literally a year ago. I added some contrasting detail this time. Under the collar, the inside collar stand, under side of pocket flaps and inside cuffs. I also added some bias trim on the [...]

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Not the most exciting skirt in the world but hopefully the beginnings of lots of variations on a theme! It took me a while to fully understand how to create an accurate skirt pattern but now I think I have mastered it! I have documented how to do it on my blog. It’s probably old [...]

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My daughter was invited to a ‘Scooby Doo’ party and she wanted to go as Daphne! To be honest, I’m glad she didn’t want to be Scooby! I used a long sleeve T-shirt pattern from an old Burda Style Magazine, issue 10/2010, making a few adjustments: I changed the button placket to a v-neck, I [...]

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This is the second time I have used this pattern: Vintage Butterick 2638. It is such a comfy fit. This one seemed to take a little longer than the first. Only because I made a few adjustments and included longer sleeves but I am happy with the result. Not totally sure what the fabric is. [...]

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I made this top from a pattern in Burda Style magazine, issue 5/2012. It’s a very simple, retro style top that is easy to make and very easy to wear. I went up a size to ensure a comfortable fit but I needn’t have done because it is very roomy. Not completely shapeless as it [...]

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This has got to be my favourite dress to date and it ties in nicely with the 1940s inspired challenge over at Sew Weekly. I used an original 1940s pattern from Butterick, number 2638 which I got from Etsy some time ago. The fabric was an amazing find at Oxfam, last year for about five [...]

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